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16th-century French songs for spring

Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 8pm
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 4pm
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street (Greenwich Village), New York City

Spring training is over and New York and Boston are gearing up to make beautiful music together. Boston’s Blue Heron and New York’s Parthenia will present a program of songs for spring from 16th-century France and nearby, featuring music by Claude Le Jeune, André Pevernage, Eustache Du Caurroy, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and others.

This closing concert of Blue Heron’s 14th season presents an exciting collaboration between Blue Heron and the viol consort Parthenia from New York City. The two ensembles first worked together with the wind band Piffaro in a pair of concerts in Philadelphia in 2010 and have been planning a second adventure since then. For this occasion, the four players of Parthenia will be joined by Boston’s Emily Walhout (viol) and New York’s Hank Heijink (lute), as well as Scott Metcalfe on violin; Blue Heron will field a team of six singers.

Free pre-concert talk at 7:15 (Cambridge only) by Peter Urquhart (University of New Hampshire). — sponsored in part by The Cambridge Society for Early Music

Blue Heron
Scott Metcalfe, director and violin
Michael Barrett, Paul Guttry, Owen McIntosh, Jason McStoots, Martin Near, Sumner Thompson, Shari Wilson, voices

Beverly Au, Laurence Lipnik, Rosamund Morley, Lisa Terry, viols

with guests
Emily Walhout, viol
Hank Heijink, lute